Big state means big changes in Alaska weather

Travelers who are researching before embarking on a vacation to the state should remember one thing: Alaska is huge. Even if it were cut in half, Alaska would still be the largest state in the U.S. Therefore, different parts of the region have their own distinct weather patterns and climates.

For example, the weather in the interior of the state is typically pretty mild, but it still offers some of warmest days in the state. During December and January, temperatures usually hover around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. However, by June, July and August, the temperature in the interior can rise to around 70 degrees, making it the ideal time to visit this region. The proper clothing for this area depends on the season. If travelers are going here in the winter, warm clothing such as jackets, hats and gloves will be necessary. The summer months will require lighter clothing, such as jeans, short-sleeve shirts and maybe a windbreaker.

In the northern areas of Alaska, there tends to be some of the coldest temperatures in the state, as it can drop to about -20 degrees in January through March. The best time for traveling here, and also the warmest months in this region, are June through August, with temperatures reaching around 35 to 45 degrees. At any time of the year, people who travel to the north of Alaska should bring sweaters, hats, gloves, jackets and warm boots.

People who venture to the inside passage of Alaska will find that it has fairly cool temperatures. During the winter months, such as December and January, temperatures are usually around 20 degrees. Then, during the summer, visitors can expect to find temperatures between 45 and 60 degrees, making it the perfect time for a trip here. The weather in the southern part of the state is fairly similar, with the difference being that the winter months here can mean temperatures that are at or below freezing. Generally, the weather in both of these regions will demand clothing such as jeans, both long- and short-sleeve shirts and a light jacket.

Another thing that travelers must consider is how many hours of daylight there will be during the season in which they choose to visit. In all regions of the state, as the weather gets warmer, the number of daylight hours increases. Typically, the sun is in the sky for between four and eight hours during the winter and between 16 and 24 hours in the summer.